Rebecca Solnit, Arthur Rackham
Rebecca Solnit retells ‘Cinderella’. A Fairy Tale Revolution is here to remix and revive our favourite stories.
‘She looked like a girl who was evening, and an evening that had become a girl…’
In the kitchen, in her rags, Cinderella, longs to go to the ball. After all, there is nothing worse than not being invited to the party. Enter her fairy godmother…
But that is where the familiar story ends. Cinderella’s transformation turns out to be much less about ballgowns, glass slippers and carriages, and much more about finding her truest self. Finally free from the kitchen cinders, who will she turn out to be?
*Recommended for ages 6 and up*
Cinderella Liberator is a stunning example of how talking lizards, cakes, misguided stepsisters, and even a prince Nevermind can reframe some of our most iconic traditional narratives, and is a beautifully refreshing wind of change in the arid desert of modern-minded children's stories. Solnit is, in many ways, our fairy godmother. With the tap of her pen and fervor of her imagination, she has transformed a beloved but morally outdated classic into a powerful narrative of female agency with a moral compass we can all believe in This is a reminder of hope and possibility, of kindness and compassion, and-perhaps most salient-imagination and liberty. Through the imaginations of our childhoods, can we find our true selves liberated in adulthood? Solnit retells the classic story in a way that liberates each character from the constrictions imposed upon him or her by someone else's story and confers upon each the dignity of a complete human being with agency and autonomous dreams. Emerging from these simply worded, profound, richly rewarding pages is Solnit the literary artist, Solnit the revolutionary, Solnit the enchanter, Solnit the subtle and endlessly delightful satirist, Solnit the sage * Brainpickings * [Solnit] recasts this familiar story into a tale that is fundamentally about freedom. The decision to use Arthur Rackham's original cut-paper silhouette illustrations was a brilliant choice. This is, hands down, a wonderful book - one that even the jaded reader will clasp upon completion with a contented sigh * New York Times *
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